Everyone finally comes across a website that they have to save for offline research or exchange with others. You can just copy and paste the link, but sometimes it's nice to have the page as an image that you can view, mark up, or print offline. The most flexible solution is to create a PDF file that you can view or send anywhere.
Let's examine the most popular browsers and use step-by-step instructions to find out how to save web pages as PDFs. However, for other conversion options, we can also help you convert them to JPG, convert to EPUB and convert to .docx.
Note: These instructions correspond to the latest version of the respective browser at the time of publication. Older versions may have slightly different methods, but should be largely similar.
For most browsers, printing is the fastest and most effective way to save a website as a PDF. We know that choosing Save Page As would be the logical choice, but this option is for saving pages in a web format, not as an included file like a PDF file. The Print option is the tool you need.
Step 1: Click the three-dot icon in the upper right corner and select Print … from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl + P.
Step 2: In the pop-up window that appears, click the down arrow to the right of Destination and choose Save As PDF from the drop-down menu. A preview is shown in the left pane, as shown above.
Step 3: Click More Settings to change the paper size, scale, etc. if necessary.
Step 4: When you've made the necessary changes, click the Save button and choose a destination on your PC. Finally, click a second Save button.
This method applies to both the original version and the newer browser, which is based on Chromium. You will follow the same steps in both cases, although the appearance is slightly different. Below are screenshots from the original version, which is currently still supplied with Windows 10.
Step 1: Click the three-dot icon in the upper right corner and select Print from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl + P.
Step 2: In the pop-up that appears, click the down arrow that appears under Printer and select the Microsoft Print to PDF option from the drop-down menu, as shown above.
Step 3: Go through any other options you may want to change, including margins and scaling. You can narrow the pages down on the Pages tab. If you want to print the PDF file after saving it, there are several options.
Step 4: When you have made the necessary changes, click the Print button and select a destination on your PC. Finally, click a second Save button.
Note: Microsoft Edge has a Windows 10 sidebar that opens when printing. Older browsers like Internet Explorer use a more traditional printer window. The options and steps should remain the same despite the "classic" appearance.
There are two ways to save a website as a PDF file:
Step 1: With Safari enabled, click File on the menu bar and choose Export to PDF from the drop-down menu.
Step 2: In the following pop-up window, enter a file name, select a destination and click the Save button. That's it!
If you want more control over PDF information, Safari offers a longer method:
Step 1: With Safari enabled, click File on the menu bar and select Print … from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can press Command + P to open the printer window.
Step 2: In the following pop-up, click the down arrow in the lower left corner as shown above. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Save as PDF.
Step 3: Another popup will appear. Here you can enter a file name, a title, a subject, an author, a subject, keyboards and set security options. When you're done, select a destination and click the "Save" button.
If you'd like to edit the PDF further, we recommend you check out some of the best free PDF editors.
Of the four popular desktop browsers, Firefox is the only one that does not have an integrated PDF printer. Instead, the Microsoft Print to PDF function is used in Windows 10.
Step 1: Click the hamburger icon in the upper right corner and choose Print … from the drop-down menu.
Step 2: In the window that opens, click the Print button in the upper left corner. As a faster alternative, you can simply type Ctrl + P to open the print menu.
Step 3: Select Microsoft Print to PDF in the printer options and click the Print button when you're done.
Step 4: Choose a name and location, and then click the Save button.
Alternatively, several Firefox extensions can give you the option of saving in a PDF file. Both PDF Mage and PDFmyURL are popular and popular options.
Extensions and web tools
Would you like more options for creating certain types of PDFs? Do you need to customize PDFs before they are created? There are many online extensions and web-based tools that specialize in converting HTML to PDF, with numerous options for the appearance and location of the PDF file. These options are particularly useful for developers and companies who need to convert multiple pages at the same time.
Paper plane: Paperplane is a developer-friendly conversion tool with a variety of options. For quick users, you can simply insert a link, specify the type of web content, and choose a page size and orientation to quickly create a PDF. Businesses may want to pay for a package that includes more options for detailed PDF management (free trials available). Developers can also set up an API key with paperplane code to include the tool wherever they need it!
PDFShift: PDFShift is a fast online tool that is designed for speed. All you need for long-term use is a free account, or you can integrate and convert a link at any time free of charge. This offers a few additional options for casual users, but the real value lies in the full set of tools that enable mass conversion of HTML at high speed for serious projects.
NovaPDF: NovaPDF offers business-friendly licenses for its PDF creator and manager. You can easily print in NovaPDF to automatically generate a PDF and customize the print job with the NovaPDF option for appearance, watermark, author, viewer application optimization and more. It is a good tool for more detailed work.
Adobe Acrobat: If you're paying for a subscription to Adobe services (or want to start a free trial), there's an additional option. With Adobe you can install a PDF toolbar in your browser. This creates a simple "Convert" button that enables super-fast conversions during operation. The toolbar works on Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox and may be more convenient if you use Adobe tools regularly.
Safari for iOS / iPadOS
Apple has now integrated this function into the iOS screenshot function, but only works in Safari.
Step 1: Open the website in Safari and take a screenshot. This method depends on your device.
Step 2: A thumbnail is displayed in the lower left corner of the screen. Tip it on.
Step 3: On the following screen, tap the Full Page tab and do any markups you want to include. Tap Done when you're done.
Step 4: In the popover that appears, tap Save PDF to Files. Select a destination on your device and tap Save to complete the process.
Chrome for Android
Step 1: Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner and then tap Share … in the drop-down menu.
Step 2: A pop-up window will appear on the screen. Touch the print icon.
Step 3: Tap the down arrow next to Choose a printer and choose Save as PDF from the drop-down menu.
Step 4: Tap the orange PDF button, choose a destination, and then tap Done.
We also recommend downloading the simple "Convert Web to PDF" app, which gives you a quick conversion option with several basic editing options. You can choose to convert just the text or just the background if you want. If necessary, you can also define a table of contents or quality levels.
There is also an instant sharing option right after the conversion if you want to send the file quickly. However, you need to copy the URL, open and paste the app, which is time consuming compared to our other options.